Love It or Leave It

The say­ing goes, within six months you will find out if Can­cun

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Beach Life - BY CATHER­INE PAWELEK

The first time most of us came to Can­cun or the Riviera Maya, we were laid­back tourists on va­ca­tion. How­ever, that lazy pace that makes this re­gion an ideal va­ca­tion spot, can make it an in­fu­ri­at­ing place to live. Here are some things that you need to get used to or get pack­ing.

Bills, Bills, Bills

Even when you have paid the util­ity bills, you might find your­self sit­ting in the dark. It isn’t you, but the com­pany’s reg­u­lar/ir­reg­u­lar main­te­nance. Some­times you re­ceive a let­ter, most times not. Have can­dles, flash­light and a few gar­ra­fons of wa­ter at the ready.

Ex­otic Wildlife

You know that you fit in when you no longer freak out upon see­ing a snake, an agouti or the ever present cu­carachas strolling down the street. Don’t for­get, they were here first.


The plumb­ing and sewage aren’t what we are used to. If we were to all flush the toi­let pa­per down the toi­let, this would be a heav­ily backed up coun­try. Just get used to plac­ing it in the bin.

Com­mer­cial Ser­vices

Don’t even con­sider shop­ping or bank­ing dur­ing your lunch break and hav­ing time left over for a bite to eat. Es­pe­cially not on pay­days. Also, learn which days of the week each gro­cery store runs their spe­cials. Get there early or the line at the cash reg­is­ter may be 45 min­utes, but you can’t beat the 5 pe­sos per kilo for limes.


Need main­te­nance done on your car or a home re­pair? You will hear a lot of no prob­lema or the fa­mous mañana. There is a dis­tinct pos­si­bil­ity that two months later you are still wait­ing, but don’t fault the re­pair­man, as he was just try­ing to be ac­com­mo­dat­ing and didn’t want to dis­ap­point.


Learn­ing Span­ish helps you in­te­grate into the com­mu­nity, so take that course and talk to your neigh­bors. Fit­ting in means join­ing-in when it comes to cel­e­bra­tions. It is the per­fect way for ex­pats to fa­mil­iar­ize them­selves with Mex­i­can cul­ture.

Life in Mex­ico is what you make of it and with some ad­just­ment you can make it. Just re­mem­ber the old say­ing, “Grant me the seren­ity to ac­cept the things I can­not change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wis­dom to know the dif­fer­ence.”

With pa­tience and a cu­ri­ous, wel­com­ing at­ti­tude, you will fit in im­me­di­ately / Photo:Gobierno de Can­cun

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